Hayden Panettiere to Face Ghostface Again in "Scream 6"

Ghostface just can't seem to stay away. On Feb. 3, Deadline confirmed that the sixth installment of the cult-classic franchise Scream is underway, with directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett set to return, along with a host of familiar faces. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Hayden Panettiere, who was one of the stars of 2011's "Scream 4," is confirmed to return as her character Kirby Reed. Back in 2011, she played a horror-obsessed high school student who narrowly managed to evade Ghostface once, and it looks like she'll have to face him again in the forthcoming installment. The film will also see the return of the principal cast from this year's fifth "Scream," which includes Mason Gooding (Chad), Jenna Ortega (Tara), Melissa Barrera (Sam), and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Mindy). The forthcoming movie will follow the cast as they attempt to start over in a new town far away from nightmarish Woodsboro, but of course, that's not likely to go as planned. "Working with such a wonderful and talented family of creators - and in the lineage Wes [Craven] and Kevin [Williamson] so expertly built - has been the thrill of a lifetime and we're so excited to bring the next chapter in the Scream saga to life," Bettinelli-Olpin, Gillett, and producer Chad Villella told Deadline in a statement. Writers James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick added, "Is this real life? Getting to collaborate once again with our friends on the next installment of the Scream story is more than we could have hoped for. We are overwhelmed that we get to continue to play in the sandbox that Kevin and Wes created. It is, as Ghostface would say, an honor." Related: Is the New Scream Available to Stream? Here's the Deal On March 18, Deadline reported that the sequel's premiere date has been set for March 31, 2023. The news comes after "Scream 5"'s big box-office success in January. Vanderbilt and Busick will return to cowrite "Scream 6," with Vanderbilt, Paul Neinstein, and William Sherak producing the film. Villella, Gary Barber, Peter Oillataguerre, and Scream creator Kevin Williamson will serve as executive producers. The latest Scream film to hit the big screen brought back franchise stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, and more. It also ushered in a new group of teens for Ghostface to terrorize, who will return for more in 2023. Stay tuned for more announcements about the next sequel.